Talya Rubin is a poet and performance maker. Her poetry won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. In 2011, she was short-listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize and the Winston Descant/Collins prize for Best Canadian poem. She won the Battle of the Bards at Harbourfront, Toronto and was invited to attend IFOA (International Festival of Authors) in 2015. Her first book of poetry, Leaving the Island, was published with Vehicule Press in April 2015. Talya holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and currently lives in Montreal with her husband and young son. She also runs an interdisciplinary performance company, Too Close to the Sun and has toured her work to Arts House, Performance Space, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Festival, Vitalstatistix, UNO festival, Summerworks, Wildside and Theatre La Chapelle. Talya has taught workshops at Sydney University, McGill University, NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts), AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School) and the Darlinghurst Theatre and has been on a jury committee for the CBC Poetry Prize in Canada and the Montreal International Poetry Prize.